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Mark McIlrath joined Heather Barnett's group
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bio-art

anyone interested in working with/appropriating biological and scientific processes and imagery
Dec 3, 2014
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new media and contemporary art

A group to discuss and post info about New Media and Contemporary Art.
Dec 2, 2014
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international platform for independent curators

A discussion space, networking tool, a way to support each others activities and ideas and maybe the starting point for future collaboration..
Apr 21, 2014
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transitstation

transitstation is an ongoing, international art exhibition as event featuring performance art, physical theater, experimental electronica, classical music, dance, web broadcast-performance, video, poetry, fashion, intervention and lectures.
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Puppeteers Unite!

A place for puppeteers of all genres to network!
Mar 31, 2014
Mark McIlrath posted a status
"Anyone like puppets out there - Sybelberg, Saura's Goya. Career suicide feature script waiting just for you..."
Mar 18, 2014
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Performance Art T.a.T.

The principal material of this praxis is the body and its site is the social world. The understanding of body as object.It is explored by the means of intermedia variables and decision-making processes with the discourse of a reinvented context.See More
Feb 21, 2014
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berlin activities

to share art event's in the town
Jan 5, 2014
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TENDERFLIX

The Fifth Annual Experimental Film and Video Festival4 - 7 October 2012TENDERPIXEL presents the fifth annual TENDERFLIX festival, featuring film and video in both art and experimental genres.Applications are FREE, with the only requirement that submissions are less than 10 minutes long. All moving image genres and forms are accepted.The gallery will be converted into a mini-cinema for the one week festival, with a selection of submitted films chosen by a distinguished jury. First prize is…See More
Jan 5, 2014
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"If anyone out there is interested in a Drama For Fools Club, as Henryk Jurkowski suggested, with a 'Fools In Drama' award - contact me."
Dec 30, 2013

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If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Film
I am...
a film script editor (exiled).

humanist (defrocked)

child of Ilya Ivanov

Let me quote another script editor if you're in the market for someone to 'consult' on your story:

‘The world abounds with superfluous things. Why add to it?...There’s no point adding more muddle to the muddle...It’s better to destroy than create, when one fails to create but the bare essentials. Besides, is there anything so clear and right that it’s entitled to exist?...We’re stifled by words, images, sounds that have no reason to exist, that come from nowhere and are going nowhere...We critics do what we can. Our mission is to sweep away the countless abortions that try obscenely to come into the world. And you’d like to leave behind you a whole film, no less, like the lame man leaves his deformed footprint? What monstrous presumption to think that others would benefit from your squalid catalogue of mistakes.'
Carini in 8½


Add to that Friedrich Dürrenmatt:
‘..Art is an expression of freedom. Art is something personal, and what is personal can never be explained in generalities. The artist has no need of scholarship. Scholarship derives laws from what exists already; otherwise it would not be scholarship. But the laws thus established have no value for the artist, even when they are true. The artist cannot accept a law he has not discovered for himself. It is the dramatist’s activity to make drama into something objective, but he destroys the object he has created again and again, forgets it, rejects it, scorns it, re-evaluates it, all in order to make room for something new. Scholarship sees only the result; the process, which led to this result is what the dramatist cannot forget. One has to beware of those who merely assert and proclaim laws that do not exist. Aristotle’s unities do not make Greek tragedy possible; Greek tragedy allows his unities.’

OK?
So why do you want a script editor? Are you sure you know?

If you don't want to stretch yourself - if you want someone who is going to Frank Daniel or Truby you then try someone else - then neither of us need be bored.

No to silly recipes or formulas. No to flattery. No to shake downs. An opinion on your story. A discussion. Hopefully an exploration.

Twenty years of reading feature scripts - with an aversion to cliches, lazy tropes, gratuitous self-expression, and telegraphed plot lines. Don't come to me if you have rehashed something not very good the 1st, 2nd & 50th time.

For producers who want a script editor.

For writers who have funding + a producer to pay their bill (ie you are not paying out of your own pocket).


Face to face in Ireland, Berlin, Venice or Paris.
On skype.

Enthusiastic to collaborate with anyone writing documentaries, for puppets, animation, for theatre. Happy to co-write, adapt, or ghost write.

I work as a tutor with groups of writers.

mrmcilrath@gmail.com

venice film

'In my opinion the drama of today is in a rut and full of prejudices and conventions...When I watch these great & talented people, these high priests of a sacred art, depicting the way people eat, drink, make love...when I hear them trying to squeeze a moral out of the tritest words and emptiest scenes, when I am presented with a thousand variations on the same old thing, the same thing again & again - well, I just have to escape, I run away'.

Why should anyone be interested in listening to you - unless you can make what you have to say interesting both in what you say and how you say it?  Why should I want to spend time with your characters - in your story?

The function of dramatic structure is to orchestrate the audience's emotional experience of your story.  This is what you have to control and master.

@thefool1

'Let the doors be shut upon him, that he may play the fool no where but in's own house'.

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The Revelation of Unspoken Thought

 - Is that not the definition of Drama?

Is your skill as a dramatist the subtlety with which the undertones of thought + feeling are conveyed?

Direct statement being antithetical to our experience of what Drama is - namely a collaboration in which the spectator completes the narrative which the characters play out before him/ her. …

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Posted on September 4, 2018 at 16:10

The Solipsist.

Write a Step Outline for a screenplay in 10 chapters.

1.  Memory of Things Past

Your protagonist dunking something in his/ her morning coffee.

2.  Strange Exile.

3.  The Reality of Deceit

4.  The World is Not Respectable

5.  The Wicked Animal

6.  Self-Consciousness is Murder

7.  I Rejecting Me.

8.  Choosing Delusion

9.  The Solidarity of…

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Posted on July 23, 2018 at 15:24

Milton's God

Screenwriting Ex.

1. The Devil I Am.

Write a 2 - 3 page Synopsis about a Man/ Woman who finds out he's the Devil.

He doesn't want to be.  

Initially comic - think through his line of action.

What is he required to do for this 'job'.  What actions?

What are the obstacles?  How hard does he try to resist?

Can the Comedy/ Farce evolve into…

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Posted on July 18, 2018 at 14:53

Macbeth & Nietzsche

1. The Present.

Adapt the story of Macbeth where the protagonist is Nietzsche.

- Rewatch Welles' + Kurosawa's version. 

i.  Or take King Lear + the Kozintsev film.

(Why not watch his Hamlet too?)

2.  Medea.

Write a Short film (10 - 15 minutes) based on Euripides Medea - but within the context of Brexit.

If Euripides isn't working for you - maybe try Seneca, Grillparzer or Alvaro's…

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Posted on July 12, 2018 at 14:39

Odysseus in Belfast

1. Read Homer's Odyssey.

- List the Episodes.

2. Set the Action in your own town/ city in the Present.

- Choose from the Episodes those which serve your purposes - thinking about Locations.

Think of Walter Hill's The Warriors.

Don't be put off by Joyce - you can tell this story in Bergmanesque individual drama (Chamber Films) - reducing the cast to a minimum.

3.  Time

Could this be a…

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Posted on July 12, 2018 at 14:30

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At 16:50 on January 9, 2013, MOUROT Marie-Jeanne said…

No, I did not know Paula Rego, thank you for this great discovery. I salvation of France.
MJM

At 15:59 on December 28, 2012, MOUROT Marie-Jeanne said…

Welcome Mark !!

 
 
 

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